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2015 Business Plan Competition Winners with Checks

Competition Winners

2015 FAU Business Plan Competition Winners

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Place Total Prize Student Track
1st $46,000

SoFla Sunwear

SoFla Sunwear is a beach apparel company which set out to distinguish and celebrate the lifestyle that exists in South Florida. SoFla Sunwear products were the first and only ones to exemplify the area as a cultural epi-center for people of all persuasions. Destined to become a household name, the variety of merchandise developed thus far is vast, yet ever-growing and can be found all over South Florida!

2nd $16,000

Hyperbius, LLC

Nearly 17 million American adults face the problem of trying to make quality iced coffee with single serve coffee pods. The current solutions are limited, with most either creating watered down iced coffee or taking so long they might as well have used a traditional brew method in the first place. Hyperbius created the HyperChiller to end that struggle. The simple device takes up to 12 ounces of hot coffee fresh out of a single serve machine down to room temperature within 60 seconds after brewing stops without diluting the coffee’s strength. The HyperChiller is simple, effective, machine washable, and affordable.

3rd $8,000

TripsCommerce

TripsCommerce is a SaaS based system e-commerce solution for travel operators to manage and automate their business more efficiently and economically it lets travel operators establish their business online in minutes without any need for designers or programmers. Operators can start taking orders, receive instant payments, automate time based product inventory, manage day to day operations and present a seamless web experience with fully customizable themes all in one platform.

Place Total Prize Entrepreneur Track
1st $51,000

Rotation Manager

As part of their degree, students in nursing and allied health programs perform clinical rotations in hospitals. Rotation Manager makes clinical rotations easy and compliant by bringing students, hospitals and colleges into one unified platform. Schools cut down on operational costs, hospitals increase compliance for Medicaid reimbursements, and students are provided with a portfolio to manage their clinical experience.

2nd $17,500

Transfasten™

Sacroiliac joint pain represents 25% of all back pain and in 2004 there were 44 million office visits for low back pain. Transfasten (TM) is a posterior minimally invasive approach to sacroiliac joint fusion to alleviate sacroiliac joint pain. The posterior approach results in less operative time and decreased operative complication risk than a lateral approach advocated by many competitors.

3rd

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$8,000

Scholarship

CO2 Conversion to Chemicals / Dioxide Materials

Dioxide Materials is helping to fight global warming by converting CO2 from a waste product to a valuable commodity. Effective conversion of CO2 to fuels and chemicals has the potential to treat hundreds of millions of tons of CO2 annually, but so far, the process has never been economic. Instead of having CO2 released in the air or pumped in the ground, Dioxide Materials’ cost-effective electrolyzer technology converts waste carbon dioxide from power plants, cement plants, breweries, refineries, etc., with renewable energy as a feedstock that can be used to produce industrial chemicals and fuels while significantly helping to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming.

Total Prize Elevator Pitch People’s Choice Award - Office Depot
$5,000

Let It Rot

Let It Rot is a social enterprise working under the already established nonprofit organization, the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Let it Rot’s main goal is to
heighten the efficiency of food banks by repurposing their food waste into a marketable worm compost product. The venture’s profits will be going to the Food
Bank to aide them in their mission to end food insecurity in Palm Beach County.

Total Prize Social Entrepreneurship Awards - Business Growth Advisors
$1,500

Let It Rot

Let It Rot is a social enterprise working under the already established nonprofit organization, the Palm Beach County Food Bank. Let it Rot’s main goal is to
heighten the efficiency of food banks by repurposing their food waste into a marketable worm compost product. The venture’s profits will be going to the Food
Bank to aide them in their mission to end food insecurity in Palm Beach County.

 

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